Gill: United are underachieving but we must remain calm

Date published: Sunday 24th January 2016 12:22

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David Gill: Watches United's youth team with Van Gaal

Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has called for calm amid more speculation over the future of Louis van Gaal in what he admits is a season of “under-achievement”.

Gill, who remains a non-executive director of United, says he went to the cinema instead of watching Match of the Day following the club’s 1-0 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday, which left the Red Devils five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.

Speaking on Sportsweek, Gill said: “Clearly we all hoped the results would have been better and everyone is disappointed with that. It’s been a season of under-achievement.

“But I know that everyone, from the owners and Louis van Gaal and his team, is working extremely hard to turn that around. It’s not easy but we have to stick together.

“What you’ve got to do is stick to what you know is right to turn it around and don’t get too distracted.”

United were booed by their fans and Van Gaal admitted it was the worst reaction he has so far experienced in the job.

Gill added: “No one likes to see that. We’re fans as well as directors and we don’t want booing, we want cheering. But I think we’ve got to stay calm.”

The FA vice-chairman, who declined to comment on a report that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has written to United to state his case to become the club’s next manager, does not believe Van Gaal is finding the job more difficult than he imagined but is having to come to terms with a more competitive Premier League.

“He’s managed at the top level, at the top clubs in Germany, Holland and Spain, I don’t think he’s found it that difficult but the sheer competitiveness of English football is there for everyone to see,” Gill said.

“What Leicester are doing is absolutely fantastic and demonstrates the strength of the Premier League. And that will only increase next year with the new TV deals.

“I think the 20 Premier League teams will probably be in the top 30 revenue earners in European football so it gives every team a real ability to attract top players.

“If they spend that money wisely, it’s going to be a very competitive league and there will be more teams in the mix going forward.”

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    Ian Watson
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    Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has called for calm during what he admits is a season of “under-achievement”.

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    emmicallef
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    Yeah that’s what I would say/suggest if I was one who had my finger[both hands rather] in the fat cow’s arse, still raking the millions for some 20 days yearly visits/advise to the club. Mr. Gill said ”It’s been a season of under-achievement.
    “But I know that everyone, from the owners and Louis van Gaal and his team, is working extremely hard to turn that around.”.Of course you all are especially all you non executive directors as well as the executive [with power] ones as well as the manager and players with all their dressing room shouting and screaming.And I humbly ask Mr.Gill, was last year and the year before both under achieving seasons as well ?.Well we could have bedded at the cinema in all the 3 seasons then,problem solved. And coming out of the mouth of somebody who made a grotesques u-turn many moons ago comes out more gentle and nicer to us poor and totally negative souls.No problem,,will go to the cinema this evening as advised by Mr.Gill and my friend ‘@ hatters.

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    MMI
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    Gill’s statement, as far as I’m concerned is ridiculous. Goes to show that too many running and supporting our club wouldn’t recognise a disaster even if they were standing in the middle of an earthquake.

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    theMartial Art
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    Gill was an excellent Chief Exec and Fergie was an excellent manager, however both left the club in the mire, with no thought to succession planning. They have their own opinions like everyone else, but if paying fans want to boo, its none of Gills business.

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    MacGuffin
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    What do you expect him to say……….

    Its an excellent year. We look like regaining number one spot as the richest club. TV and sponsorship income is going through the roof. We are signing new deals from Timbuktu to Beijing every day. We’ve cleared a lot of big earners off the player wage bill. Thanks to our foresight in signing a has been manager on a 3 year deal it will cost peanuts to get rid of him. We’ve every chance of scraping into the CL for next season. The financial outlook looks very rosy indeed.

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    jm1502
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    You know theMartial Art, I think that’s the first thing I’ve ever agreed with you on.

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